1. Hope ya had a Happy New Year…
2. I caught some of the TV festivities, but they haven’t been really captivating since Guy Lombardo died. (Enjoyed Lumbini’s blog reminiscing)… I remember him as a kid too. Those spooky old folks waltzing around in ratty gowns and tuxes, looking like something out of The Shining. It was corny, but also weirdly magical, like an inscrutable Latin Mass. “This is so bad,” you think, “It must be significant! Why else would anyone put up with it?”
3. The modern celebrations I find pretty dull. They’re trying to appeal to so many people that they never spend enough time on the musical genres I like. Meatloaf anyone?
4. And what’s the big deal about Carson Daly? I don’t get it, he’s got the all the charisma of a parking meter. And Dick Clark, well, he gets an A for effort, but hard to watch.
5. So I flipped around and found gold: famed scientist & author Richard Dawkins sparring with with creationists on C-Span… check out the spirited video Q&A on his website. The questioners, many from Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, were rather lame in their attempts to trip up the Devil’s advocate. I’m loving his book, The God Delusion.
6. Went to a shiva, a Jewish tradition: time to sit with people mourning a dead loved one… which was alternately fun and crushingly sad. Luckily they are cultural Jews, so there wasn’t much ritual stuff for us goyim to screw up. Just a Kaddish prayer printed phonetically that everybody pretty much mangled.
7. Then went home and watched web video of Saddam doing the air-polka. Went to bed. Got up and watched Betty Ford try to climb into her husband’s coffin. To cheer myself up I spun some James Brown and contemplated the 3000th US casualty in Iraq. Happy Holidays, where’s my Vilartini?®